Antichrist

If the doctrine of antichrist is built on etymology of the word, the field is going to be broad indeed, for all that is opposite to Christ is antichrist. Thus, as John says, "Even now are there many antichrists" in the world (1 John 2:18)—and this reference includes the spirit of antichrist (1 John 4:3)—alluding to any who in spirit or in person is opposed to Christ.

On the other hand, if the doctrine is limited to a future person, there is occasion for some discussion about who that person is and the Scriptures bearing upon him. If the person predicted is identified by his ambitious assumption to be Christ, he is rightly called antichrist and is easily represented by the first beast of Revelation (13:1-10). If he is identified as the one who declares himself to be God, as in Ezekiel 28:110, he is at once likened to the man of sin of whom Paul writes in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-10. Likewise, Daniel sees a little horn or king who conquers other kings and assumes a place of authority over the other kingdoms.

Though the titles differ, the beast of Revelation 13:1-10, the man of sin of 2 Thessalonians 2, the little horn of Daniel 7, and the wicked prince of Daniel 9 seem to be no other than the one who will federate kingdoms, but will be destroyed at the coming of Christ. His way evidently is being prepared by those who, according to the Spirit, teach antichristian doctrine, denying the fact of the incarnation of the Logos. Probably these are even now preparing for the coming of the person of antichrist. Christ referred to one who would come in his own name (John 5:43) whom the Jews would receive. His nationality is believed to be Jewish since Ezekiel predicts of him that he shall "die the deaths of the uncircumcised" (Ezek. 28:10). A true child of God is justified in observing the direction of events which take place in the fulfillment of prophecy.

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