Who is the Antichrist? What will he do? How can we recognize him? Biblical prophecies speak about the coming of Christ’s antithesis, a man who will set himself against the work and teachings of Jesus and eventually take over the world and proclaim himself to be God. (2 Thessalonians 2:4)
There has been much speculation as to who the Antichrist might be, and how and when he will reveal himself. People’s imaginations have fueled many fantastic stories, images, and rumors. The name “Antichrist” is synonymous with evil and causes fear and dread.
However, when we read in the letters of John we can see that even though the Antichrist the man will not be revealed until shortly before Jesus’ return, his spirit has actually been active since the days of the apostles. It is much closer than what most people would expect. For two thousand years now this spirit has been preparing the world for the Antichrist, first by infiltrating religion and falsifying the doctrines of Christ, and eventually by removing the need for God altogether, so that mankind, headed by the man the Antichrist, will be enough for themselves.
John gives us clear guidelines as to how we can recognize and expose this spirit, and God’s Word gives us spiritual weapons to resist it. Since the spirit of the Antichrist is working to destroy all that we as Christians hold dear, exposing it and actively resisting it should be of paramount interest and importance for every Christian.
Over the next few weeks we will be publishing a number of articles addressing this theme. Take time to read them, share them and let them stir you to action!