profile of the A n t i c h r i s t

Who is this big player in the End Times Events?
He is a Counterfeit of Jesus Christ ...
He is most often referred to as the Antichrist!

The word "Anti-Christ" itself is commonly misunderstood.
The prefix "anti" comes from the Greek language and has
two meanings:

  1. Opposed to; and
  2. In the place of or a substitute for.
The Antichrist will not only "oppose" Christ but he will do it in
the most sinister way ... by pretending to BE CHRIST!

"... Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God." 2 Thessalonians 2:4 (KJV)

This man will come on the scene appearing to have all the answers. He will not have horns and a pitch fork as many suppose ... but instead he will probably be a very charismatic, appealing world leader offering peace and prosperity.

The Bible says he "by peace shall destroy many"

"And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand." Daniel 8:23-25 (KJV)

Before this wicked man reveals his true colors he will deceive many!
Do you know the profile of the most vile man who is to come?
Let's look at what God's Word has to say about him ...

:: The Man of Lawlessness

> Intellectual & Boastful; Daniel 7:20

> He will Exalt himself above the God of gods; Daniel 11:36

> He will have no Desire for Women; Daniel 11:37

> He will honor 'a god of fortresses' Daniel 11:38

> He will have authority; Daniel 7:20 ... Revelation 13:2

> He will seize by Intrigue; Daniel 11:21

> Shrewd & Deceitful & Powerful; Dan 8:25 & 11:38 ... Rev 13:17 ... Ps 52:7 ... Ez 28:4,5

> A Forceful Military Leader; Daniel 8:24 ... Rev 6:2 ... Revelation 13:4,

> A Powerful Leader Revelation 17:17

> A Unifying Religious Guru; 2 Thessalonians 2:4 ... Revelation 13:3,14,15

Here Are Some Allusions to the Antichrist in the
Old Testament

Adversary Psalm 74:8-10 ... Lam 4:11,12,
Assyrian Isaiah 10:5, 12
Man of Bloodshed & Deceit Psalm 5:6
Branch of the Terrible One Isaiah 14:19
Chief Prince Ezekiel 38:2
Crooked Serpent Job 26:13 ... Isa 27:1
Cruel One Jeremiah 30:14, 23 & 24
Destroyer of Nations Jeremiah 4:7
Enemy Psalm 55:3 ... Jer 30:14
Worthless Shepard Zechariah 11:16
King of Princes Hosea 8:10
Little Horn Daniel 7:8-11, 21-26, 8:9-12, 23-25
Mighty man Psalm 52:1
Prince that shall come Daniel 9:26
Profane & Wicked Prince of Israel Ezekiel 21:25-27
Proud One Habakkuk 2:5
Rod of Gods Anger Isaiah 10:5
Seed of the Serpent Genesis 3:15
Son of the Dawn Isaiah 14:12
The Destroyer Isaiah 16:4 & 5
Vile & Despicable One Daniel 11:21
Wicked One Psalm 9:17, 10:2&4 ... Isaiah 11:4,
Willful King Daniel 11:36

... From The New Testament ...
Man of Lawlessness / Son of Perdition 2 Thessalonians 2:3
One bringing Signs & Wonders 2 Thessalonians 2:9
One who comes in his own name John 5:43
Antichrist / Pseudo-Christ 1 John 2:22
The Beast Revelation 11:7, 13
Lawless One 2 Thessalonians 2:8
Beast from the Sea Revelation 13
One whose Fatal Wound will Heal Revelation 13:3 & 12
Vine of the Earth Revelation 14:18

:: The People of the Prince

In Daniel 9:26-27 we read;
"...the People of the Prince that Shall Come would destroy the city and the sanctuary..."

The City = Jerusalem
The Sanctuary = The Temple

The fulfillment of this occurred in history when the Roman legions under Titus Vespasian destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple in 70 A.D.

Jesus warned them about this;
"For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation." Luke 19:43-44 (KJV)

Interesting to note ... this prophecy was fulfilled on the 9th of Av on the Jewish Calendar... This is the same exact day that the First Temple was also destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar. Jeremiah 52:12-15 ... Needless to say this is a most solemn day in Israel's history.

This reference to 'the Romans' in Daniel 9:26 is one of the reasons that most Bible scholars view the future Prince that shall come as a Roman or European leader coming out of the "Revived Roman Empire".

    * See also: AntiChrist - The Alternate Ending - from Koinonia House (new & very interesting!)
    "One of the dominant topics among prophecy buffs is the identity of the coming leader, whom we call "the Antichrist." We know from Daniel 9 that he will emerge out of the Roman Empire, which we often presume is Western Europe. ... However, we may have been subject to myopia by overlooking an important fact. The Roman Empire had an eastern leg that, in fact, survived the western leg by a thousand years!"

:: The Restrainer

"For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way." 2 Thessalonians 2:7 (KJV)

We believe the Antichrist cannot even be revealed while the Church is present.
(For more info on the Restrainer see: Rapture: Pre, Mid or Post Trib?)

After the Restrainer is 'snatched out' (Raptured)
The antichrist will rise to power... maybe immediately, or maybe after a period of time...

Many assume the "Rapture" itself starts the seven year period known as the Tribulation. However it is the "Confirming of the Covenant" with this antichrist which kick starts this time period, according to Daniel 9:27

"And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate." Daniel 9:27

Since it is the confirming of this covenant that starts the Tribulation and not the Rapture itself ... it is possible that there may be a interval between the two.
(See Also: Rapture: Pre, Mid or Post Trib?)

:: Let's Build Us A Temple!

In Israel a third Jewish temple will be rebuilt; Daniel 11:31 ... 2 Thessalonians 2:4
... Antichrist may be the one who gives the actual go ahead to finally build their long awaited Temple.

The Jews will resume their sacrifices ... Many may think their Messiah has come!

"I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive." John 5:43

The Antichrist will surely be the one - the man with the plan - that comes forward with the solution that will FINALLY appear to bring "Peace & Safety" to the Middle East Conflict. However it will be a false, temporary peace.

"For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape." 1 Thessalonians 5:3 (KJV)

"Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem. Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves" Isaiah 28:14-15 (KJV)

Antichrist will turn on them and break the covenant (peace agreement?) half way through the Tribulation period "... he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease.." Daniel 9:27

They are then warned in advance (by their true Messiah Yeshua in Matthew 24:15-21) that when they see the Abomination of Desolation stand in the Holy Place they are to flee to the mountains.

"When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be." Matthew 24:15-21 (KJV)

We are told that the Abomination of Desolation, occurs;
"... in the midst of the week..." (7 year Tribulation) Daniel 9:27

    The "week" mentioned in this prophecy is a "week of years"
    These are Sabbatical years ... The Sabbath for the land was ordained in:
    Leviticus 25:1-22, 26:33-35 ... Deuteronomy 15 ... It was the failure to keep the Sabbath of the land that was the basis of the 70 years of Captivity.

    Seventy Sevens - as we see in Daniel's prophecy: Daniel 9:24-27 imply these same weeks of years. (Another example of this appears in; Genesis 29:27 et al.)

From the Abomination of Desolation, we are then told in precise detail the amount of time that remains until the the end of the Tribulation and the Second Coming of Christ ... (*Note: Remember the Second Coming of Christ and the Rapture are two separate events ... See Also; Rapture: Pre, Mid, Post Trib?)

The Bible clearly defines this remaining time period:

:: Mortal Wound

At the Mid-Point of the Tribulation, it seems the Antichrist receives some sort of deadly wound - which will appear to have been healed.

"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." Revelation 13:3 (KJV)

There is alot of speculation as to what that means exactly ...

Will he appear to have died and fake a resurrection to mimic Jesus' resurrection?

We believe it would have to be a fake death as Satan does not have the power to give Life. However, he could deceive in this way.

Many believe at this point Satan literally Indwells the Antichrist for the remainder of the Tribulation!

Others believe this 'Mortal Wound being Healed' refers to the Revived Roman Empire and not to a literal wound on the Antichrist himself. It could be both.

:: The Dastardly Duo

"And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations." Revelation 13:7 (KJV)

The ANTICHRIST ... will not only be empowered by Satan himself
But he will also have a sidekick ...

The FALSE PROPHET ... This False Prophet will have supernatural powers
Of course, these powers are Evil.

This following verses tell us more about the very important role of the 2nd Beast or False Prophet:

"And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed." Revelation 13:11-15 (KJV)

The False Prophet will require ALL to worship the Antichrist or pay the price!

"And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six." Revelation 13:16-18 (KJV)

This is where we get the infamous 6 6 6

:: Their Numbers Up!

"And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders..." 2 Thessalonians 2:8-9 (KJV)

"And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone." Revelation 19:20

"And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever" Revelation 20:10

    The origin & fall of Satan is described in;
    :: Isaiah 14:12-17
    Ezekiel 28:12-19

:: Whose Side Are You On?

Whose side do you want to be on? Don't wait until it's too late.

If you hear and understand the truth NOW and refuse to accept it and act upon it ... There is no guarantee you will get a second chance ... and to be quite honest ... according to Thessalonians you are very likely be deceived later for having ignored the truth.

"And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.." 2 Thessalonians 2:10-11 (KJV)

The bottom line here is this: Those who chose the Antichrist will LOSE!
Those who chose Jesus Christ have ALREADY WON! There is NO contest ...

See Also: got Jesus?

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