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5.2.5 - Antichrist

“The final world ruler who opposes God and His Christ (particularly in relation to His deity), oppresses God’s elect (especially the Jewish people), and seeks to usurp the place of divine worship through desecration of the holy (especially Jerusalem and its temple) . . . According to 1 John 4:3, this antitheocratic, antisemitic spirit is characteristic of the present age, indicating that these are the last days . . . The designation Antichrist, appearing only in the epistles of John (1Jn. 2:18, 22; 4:3; 2Jn. 1:7), is made up of the Greek words anti (against, in place of) and christos (Christ), and indicates any agent of the Evil One (Satan) who acts contrary to or as a counterfeit of God’s Anointed, Who is destined to rule the world (Ps. 2:2, 6-8; 110:1-2; Isa. 9:6-7, et al.) . . . While the specific term antichrist may be rarely used, the Bible is filled with descriptive terminology of his diabolical and desecrating nature. Among the more obvious epithets are: little horn (Dan. 7:8+), insolent king (Dan. 8:23+), prince who is to come (Dan. 9:26+), one who makes desolate (Dan. 9:27+), despicable person (Dan. 11:21+), strong-willed king (Dan. 11:36+), worthless shepherd (Zec. 11:16-17), man of lawlessness, and the son of destruction (2Th. 2:8), the beast (Rev. 11:7+; 13:1+; 14:9+; 15:2+; 16:2+; 17:3+, 13+; 19:20+; 20:10+).”1

Notes

1 J. Randall Price, “Antichrist,” in Mal Couch, ed., Dictionary of Premillennial Theology (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1996), s.v. “Antichrist.”


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