There has been much talk recently about the “end of the world”. Every generation since Christ has believed that they live in the “end times”. I personally believe that this is the first time in history that all of the prophesies of the Bible can be fulfilled (scientifically speaking), but I am not smart enough to know if we are truly living in the end times. One major player in “end times” prophesy is of course the Antichrist, again since the time of Christ every generation has tried to figure out who this man is. So I thought it might be interesting to look at some biblical clues as to who this man will be.
Below is an excerpt from Willmington’s Guide to the Bible from the chapter covering Revelation.
- “And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High” (Dan. 7:25).
- “And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, above every god, and shall speak…things against the God of gods” (Dan. 11:36)
- “That man of sin…the son of perdition, 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…Even him whose coming is after the working of Satan, with all power and signs and liying wonders” (2 Thess. 2:3,4,9).
- “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is Antichrist that denieth the Father and the Son” (1 Jn. 2:22).
- “And I saw, and behold a white horse; and he that sat on him had a bow, and a crown was given unto him; and he went forth conquering and to conquer” (Rev. 6:2).
- “And I stood upon the sand of the sea and saw a beast rise up out of the sea….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 great authority…And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God” (Rev. 13: 1,2,6).
These passages describe for us the most powerful and perverted person who will ever walk the paths of the earth. We shall briefly examine this vile and vicious man along the following lines:
His personal characteristics:
- He will be an intellectual genius (Dan. 8:23).
- He will be an oratorical genius (Dan. 11:36).
- He will be a political genius (Rev. 17:11,12).
- He will be a commercial genius (Rev. 13:16,17; Dan. 11:43).
- He will be a military genius (Rev. 6:2; 13:2).
- He will be a religious genius (Rev. 13:8; 2 Thess. 2:4).
J. Vernon McGee writes:
“He will achieve the goal of present day religionists: one religion for the whole world. Have you noticed today the tremendous move to bring together the religions of the world? A startling comment comes from a Jewish rabbi: ‘Whether Messiah is a person or an assembly is of minor importance,’ said Chief Rabbi Marcus Melchoir of Denmark. ‘I believe Messianic times would come if the United Nations were made Messiah.’
If this rabbi would be willing to accept the UN as Messiah, do you think he would not recognize as Messiah a man who is able to do what the UN apparently cannot do – put Europe back together and bring about world peace?” (Reveling Through Revelation, p. 19).
His Various names and titles (in addition to that of the antichrist):
- The man of sin
- The son of perdition
- The wicked one
- The willful king
- The beast (this title is found thirty-six times in the book of Revelation).
- The little horn
Some believe the antichrist will be a Gentile, since he comes from the sea (Rev. 13:1), which is often a symbol for Gentile and heathen nations.
Tim LaHaye writes on the nationality of the antichrist:
“One of the most frequently asked questions about the Antichrist concerns his nationality. Revelation 13:1 indicates that he ‘rises up out of the sea,’ meaning the sea of peoples around the Mediterranean. From this we gather that he will be a Gentile. Daniel 8:8, 9 suggests that he is the ‘little horn’ that came out of the four Grecian horns, signaling that he will be part Greek. Daniel 9:26 refers to him as the prince of the people that shall come, meaning that he will be of royal lineage of the race that destroyed Jerusalem. Historically this was the Roman Empire; therefore he will be predominantly Roman. Daniel 11:36, 37 tells us that he regards not ‘the God of his fathers’ (KJV). Taken in context , this suggests he will be a Jew. In all probability the antichrist will appear to be a Gentile and, like Adolph Hitler and others who feared to reveal Jewish blood, will keep his Jewish ancestry a secret. It may be know only to God, but the Bible teaches that he will be a Roman-Grecian Jew, a composite man representing the people of the earth. This technically qualifies him to be the embodiment of all evil men.” (Revelation, p. 172).
His rise to power.
a. Through the power of Satan (Rev. 13:2; 2 Thess. 2:3, 9-12).
b. Through the permission of the Holy Spirit. His present-day manifestation is being hindered by the Holy Spirit until the Rapture of the Church. God is in control of all situations down here and will continue to be. (See Job 1 and 2; 2 Thess. 2:6, 7).
c. Through the formation of the ten nation organization. He will proceed from a ten-dictatorship confederation which will come into existence during the tribulation. These dictators are referred to as “ten horns” in Daniel 7:8; Revelation 12:3; 13:1; 17:7, 12. In his rise to power he will defeat three of these dictators (Dan. 7:8, 24). This ten horned confederation is the rivived Roman Empire. This is derived from the fact that the most important prophetic details concering the old Roman Empire in Daniel 2:40-44 are still unfulfilled.
The revived Roman Empire is the last of the seven Gentile world powers to plague the nation Israel. These powers are referred to as seven heads in Revelation 12:3; 13:1; 17:7. They are: Egypt, which enslaved Israel for 400 years (Ex. 1-12). Assyria, which captured the northern kingdom of Israel (2 Ki. 17). Babylon, which captured the southern kingdom of Israel (2 Ki. 24). Persia, which produced wicked Haman (Est. 3). Greece, which produced, indirectly, Antiochus Epiphanes (Dan. 11). Rome, which destroyed Jerusalem in A.D. 70 (see Lk. 21) and which will hound Israel in the revived empire as never before in all history (Rev. 12).
d. Through the cooperation of the false religious system (Rev. 17).
e. Through his personal charisma and ability.
f. Through a false (or real?) resurrection (Rev. 13:3).
g. Through a false peace program, probably in the Middle East (Dan. 8:25).
h. Through a master plan of deception and trickery (Mt. 24:24; 2 Thess. 2:9; Rev. 13:14). Out of the ninety-one occurrences in the New Testament of the words meaning “to deceive,” or “to go astray,” twenty-two of them belong definitely to passages dealing with the anitchrist and tribulation. Three reasons explain this fearful deception. (1) Universal ignorance of God’s Word (see Mt. 22:29). (2) Fierce demonic activity (see 1 Tim. 4:1). (3) The empty soul (see Lk. 11:24-26).
a. He begins by controlling the Western power block.
b. He makes a seven-year covenant with Israel but breaks it after three and a half years.
c. He gains absolute control over the Middle East after the Russian invasion.
d. He attempts to destroy all of Israel.
e. He destroys the false religious system, so that he may rule unhindered.
f. He thereupon sets himself up a God.
g. He briefly rules over all nations.
h. He is utterly crushed by the Lord Jesus Christ at the battle of Armageddon.
i. He is the first creature to be thrown into the lake of fire.
There is much, much more info in the book: Willmington’s Guide to the Bible