|The Antichrist In Bible Passages|
The Tribulation is a seven-year period of wars, plagues, famines, earthquakes, and disasters. It ends in the Battle of Armageddon, and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Part of the earth's judgments happen through a leader whom the masses empower. The Scriptures profile this dictator's reign of terror. Due to his anti-God, anti-Christ policies, Evangelical circles customarily refer to him as the Antichrist. The Bible mentions this title only once in the Scriptures. The Devil enters this man's body and wreaks havoc on the world. His reign ignites the Battle of Armageddon (Is. 14:12; Ezek. 28:3-4).
1 John 2:18, identifies him as the Antichrist, a liar who denies the Father and the Son. Rev. 13:1 refers to him as "the Beast," and later in the passage names him 666. The number six, translated from the New Testament Greek into English, means "vex," or "curse." Seven represents God's number of perfection. The triple six represents the unholy trinity, with the Devil acting as God. The Antichrist, whom Satanists call the son of Satan, mimics Jesus Christ. The False Prophet who the Bible predicts will come onto the earth and performs miracles to get the masses to worship the Beast, mocks God's Holy Spirit. The unholy trinity are named in Scriptures as "The Dragon," "The Beast," and "The False Prophet." Unlike previous dictators, Satan himself possesses the Antichrist. He obtains the world's respect by bringing the world prosperity, until the day he declares himself a god and demands worship for himself alone. Once the Antichrist establishes himself as a deity his evil side manifests itself.
Satan provides the Antichrist with a "great seat of authority," i.e., the political position he will hold. Similarly, the Bible presents Jesus sitting on a throne. Daniel refers to the Antichrist as a "prince," with a lower-case p, while capitalizing the Prince of Peace. The Antichrist's "great seat of authority" becomes the highest position of the most powerful government to exist. Despite its earthly might, it does not compare to the heavenly kingdom of Jesus Christ. The Antichrist's reign on earth will completely contrast our Lord's. Unlike Christ, whom the masses rejected, the Antichrist they will accept. In John 5:43, Christ affirms: "I have come in My Father's name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive." Jesus came to save, Antichrist comes to destroy.