I have heard many projections that the Antichrist could be the Pope, or the President, or some other prominent person. Will we know ahead of time who the Antichrist will be?
Many have tried to assign numbers to the names of various individuals, such as a pope, a president, a leader of a country; or, some prominent individual, in their attempt to identify the Antichrist. God is the only One who knows the identity of the man who will become the Antichrist. One has to remember in Job 1:8a, that God, knowing what Satan was thinking, was the one who suggested Job to him. “And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job,...?” The answer to this question is found in our book, I Know Who Holds Tomorrow: A Book About Bible Prophecy, Pages 215-221. You can read it online here: Click Here to Read Online
I. The Antichrist Is Only a Man; But, One Indwelt, Personally, by Satan, Himself.
A. How He Operates (2 Corinthians 11:4).
Before we go into the particularities of the Antichrist’s activities during the Tribulation Period; it is important to know just who we are talking about. Antichrist and Satan are not the same person, NOW! But when the Tribulation Period begins, the Antichrist will be a man Satan indwells. At that time, Satan becomes the Antichrist.
The one now called "Satan" (Adversary) is the "Lucifer" spoken of in Isaiah 14:12-18 and the "Anointed Cherub and the "King of Tyrus" in Ezekiel 28:12-19. We know him as the Devil.
Many picture him as a comical red figure, carrying a pitchfork, with the body of a man, horns like a goat, and a long tail. This is a totally inaccurate portrayal of Satan and just what he would like us to believe.
His favorite role is to masquerade as an "Angel of Light." (2 Corinthians 11:14)
"And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light."
“…a minister of righteousness.” (2 Corinthians 11:15)
“Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. “ (2 Corinthians 11:15)
He is a created "Son of God, and the most powerful angel in God's creation; however, "greater is he than he that is in you, than he that is in the world." (1 John 4:4)
Satan's powers are limited by God. (Job, Chapters 1 and 2). None the less, he is so powerful that in Jude 9, when Satan tried to retrieve the body of Moses so the Jews would give it the worship due to God, the Archangel Michael dared not bring “a railing accusation against him.”
"Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee." (Jude 9)
The Devil indwells the Antichrist and he will be the source of all the Antichrist’s evil intelligence. He will take him over completely as shown by 2 Thessalonians 2:9.
“Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,”
When the Antichrist appears out of the First Seal at the very beginning of the Tribulation Period as the Rider of the White Horse, he is indwelt by Satan. From that point, until the Antichrist (also known as the “Beast out of the Sea, Revelation 13:1), is cast bodily into the Lake of Fire (Revelation 19:20), Satan and the Antichrist are one.
B. The Antichrist, In His Flesh, Is Only a Man
1. Revelation 13:18.
God reinforces the fact that the Antichrist is only a man in Revelation 13:18,
"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."
God is saying three times, "He is a man, he is a man, he is only a man!" Numbers in the Bible most always have significance. "Six" is the number of man. Man was created on the Sixth Day of the Re-Creation. We find in 1 Chronicles 20:5-6, 8, that the descendants of Goliath had six toes and six fingers on their hands, showing imperfection.
"And there was war again with the Philistines; and Elhanan the son of Jair slew Lahmi the brother of Goliath the Gittite, whose spear staff was like a weaver's beam. (V.5)
And yet again there was war at Gath, where was a man of great stature, whose fingers and toes were four and twenty, six on each hand, and six on each foot: and he also was the son of the giant. (V.6)
These were born unto the giant in Gath; and they fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants." (V.8)
2. “666” Only Adds Up to “He Is a Man!”
Many have tried to assign numbers to the names of various individuals, such as a pope, a president, a leader of a country; or, some prominent individual, in their attempt to identify the Antichrist. God is the only One who knows the identity of the man who will become the Antichrist. One has to remember in Job 1:8a, that God, knowing what Satan was thinking, was the one who suggested Job to him.
“And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job,... ?”
3. In His Flesh, He will be a Jewish Descendant of Abraham.
a. We know the Nation of Israel would make a treaty with anyone, they thought could guarantee them peace, even this Jewish Antichrist. We have to take our Savior's word for the Antichrist’s nationality, as written by the inspired pen of the Beloved Apostle in John 5:43,
“I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another ( allos) shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.”
Please notice the word “another” in the above verse. It is the Greek word “allos” and means "another of the same kind.” It is the same Greek word translated “another” in John 14:16 when the promise of the Holy Spirit’s coming was given,
“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another (Greek “allos) Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;”
God, the Holy Spirit is part of the Trinity. The Trinity is made up of God, the Father; God, the Son; and God, the Holy Spirit.
b. The Prophet Daniel gives added illumination as to the human ancestry of the Antichrist in Daniel 11:37 when he tells us he will not honor the “god of his fathers.” That would be the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and would make him acceptable to the Jewish nation as a “Messiah.” That is who he is imitating.
c. Ezekiel 21:25-27: After he is indwelt by Satan, and becomes the Antichrist, he is called the “Profane Prince of Israel.”
“And thou, profane wicked prince of Israel, whose day is come, when iniquity shall have an end, (V.25)
Thus saith the Lord GOD; Remove the diadem, and take off the crown: this shall not be the same: exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high. (V.26)
I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is (Christ); and I will give it him.” (V.27)
(1) Verse 25. “Profane” is the Hebrew word, “halal,” meaning "to pollute, defile, profane, begin.” This is a perfect description of the one who goes into the Jewish Temple, desecrates it, sets up a throne, and declares himself to be God. (2 Thessalonians 2:4).
(2). Verse 25. “Wicked,” is the Hebrew word, “rasha,” and means “so guilty he deserves death.” In this case, spiritual death in the Lake of Fire is his future. (Revelation 19:20)
(3).Verse 26. The “crown,” does not really belong to him, as the Lord God declares in Verse 26,
“Thus saith the Lord GOD; Remove the diadem, and take off the crown:...”
(4). 2 Thessalonians 2:4. The “Profane Wicked Prince” is actually the Antichrist, indwelt by Satan.
“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..”
(5). Verse 27 reveals that the “crown” is going to be given to the One who has the right to wear it, King Jesus, when he comes to set up His Kingdom.
(6). When? Verse 25 gives the answer “...When iniquity shall have an end.” The Beast and the False Prophet go bodily into the Lake of Fire at the end of the Tribulation Period! We find the end of his career in Revelation 19:20.
“And the beast (Antichrist) 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.”
(7). God simply casts Satan out of the Antichrist like any other demon is removed, and chains him in the Bottomless Pit for a 1,000 years. (Revelation 20:1-3)
4. The Antichrist Is NOT Judas Reincarnated, As Some Have Stated.
This is actually heresy. There is no reincarnation. Man has to make his decisions before he dies; as there are no second chances after death! This the Apostle Paul clearly reveals, speaking by inspiration of the Holy Spirit in Hebrews 9:27,
"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:"
“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: (3) In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” (2 Corinthians 4:3-4)
Do not become one of Satan’s victims by falling prey to one of his false ministers who will lie to you. Their message will always sound good; but, it will be false; and lead to an eternity in the Lake of Fire. They will always appear so holy and righteous, as…
“…no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. (14) Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. (2 Corinthians 11:14-15)
“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:3).
“For God so loved the world,…” - My friend, that includes you.
“…that he gave his only begotten Son, … – Christ’s death on the Cross paid for the sin of all men, past, present, and future.
“…that whosoever believeth in him…” - If you believe He died for you, He makes you two promises:
Promise #1. “…should not perish,…” – Go to Hell.
Promise # 2. “… but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
My Friend, if you are not already sure of going to Heaven, I urge you to – “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved. (Acts 16:31).