Antichrist

Popularly, the Antichrist is pictured as an evil man who will fill the world with wickedness before being defeated by Jesus when he returns.

Many interpreters believe that the opponent that Paul writes about in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-11, who is described as an adversary of God and a false prophet, is the Antichrist. Additionally, the “Beast” in Revelation 13:1-9, 11-19, 11:7, and 20:2 is also often identified with this end of the world figure. Other interpreters, however, believe the Beast in Revelation is actually the Roman Empire.

Some interpreters will also tie Jewish and Old Testament passages into the picture of Antichrist, identifying the “little horn” in Daniel 11:36 with him. Other passages from the Old Testament taken as reference to the Antichrist include Ezekiel 28:2.

All that is a bit of a stretch, however. In reality, the term “Antichrist” appears but four times in the New Testament, and only in John’s letters (1 John 2:18, 22; 4:3 and 2 John 7). John tells those he is writing that they have heard that the Antichrist is coming; he then explains that the Antichrist is here, and that in fact there are many Antichrists. They are a danger to the church because of their theological and moral errors. Thus, the Antichrist is simply anyone who denies or opposes Christ.

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About R.P. Nettelhorst

I'm married with three daughters. I live in southern California and I'm the interim pastor at Quartz Hill Community Church. I have written several books. I spent a couple of summers while I was in college working on a kibbutz in Israel. In 2004, I was a volunteer with the Ansari X-Prize at the winning launches of SpaceShipOne. Member of Society of Biblical Literature, American Academy of Religion, and The Authors Guild
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