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Here is a list of as many verses I could find in the Gospel/Bible that describes the physical and characteristic nature of the anti-Christ (Courtesy of www.biblegateway.com):
Daniel 7: (Amplified Bible)
25And he shall speak words against the Most High [God] and shall wear out the saints of the Most High and think to change the time [of sacred feasts and holy days] and the law; and the saints shall be given into his hand for a time, two times, and half a time [three and one-half years].
Daniel 8: (Amplified Bible)
23And at the latter end of their kingdom, when the transgressors [the apostate Jews] have reached the fullness [of their wickedness, taxing the limits of God’s mercy], a king of fierce countenance and understanding dark trickery and craftiness shall stand up.
24And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; and he shall corrupt and destroy astonishingly and shall prosper and do his own pleasure, and he shall corrupt and destroy the mighty men and the holy people (the people of the saints).
25And through his policy he shall cause trickery to prosper in his hand; he shall magnify himself in his heart and mind, and in their security he will corrupt and destroy many. He shall also stand up against the Prince of princes, but he shall be broken and that by no [human] hand.
Revelation 13: (Amplified Bible)
3And one of his heads seemed to have a deadly wound. But his death stroke was healed; and the whole earth went after the beast in amazement and admiration.
4They fell down and paid homage to the dragon, because he had bestowed on the beast all his dominion and authority; they also praised and worshiped the beast, exclaiming, Who is a match for the beast, and, Who can make war against him?
5And the beast was given the power of speech, uttering boastful and blasphemous words, and he was given freedom to exert his authority and to exercise his will during forty-two months (three and a half years).
6And he opened his mouth to speak slanders against God, blaspheming His name and His abode, [even vilifying] those who live in heaven.
7He was further permitted to wage war on God’s holy people (the saints) and to overcome them. And power was given him to extend his authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation,
8And all the inhabitants of the earth will fall down in adoration and pay him homage, everyone whose name has not been recorded in the Book of Life of the Lamb that was slain [in sacrifice] from the foundation of the world.
11Then I saw another beast rising up out of the land [itself]; he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke (roared) like a dragon.
12He exerts all the power and right of control of the former beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell upon it to exalt and deify the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed, and to worship him.
13He performs great signs (startling miracles), even making fire fall from the sky to the earth in men’s sight.
14And because of the signs (miracles) which he is allowed to perform in the presence of the [first] beast, he deceives those who inhabit the earth, commanding them to erect a statue (an image) in the likeness of the beast who was wounded by the [small] sword and still lived.
15And he is permitted [also] to impart the breath of life into the beast’s image, so that the statue of the beast could actually talk and cause to be put to death those who would not bow down and worship the image of the beast.
16Also he compels all [alike], both small and great, both the rich and the poor, both free and slave, to be marked with an inscription [stamped] on their right hands or on their foreheads,
17So that no one will have power to buy or sell unless he bears the stamp (mark, inscription), [that is] the name of the beast or the number of his name.
18Here is [room for] discernment [a call for the wisdom of interpretation]. Let anyone who has intelligence (penetration and insight enough) calculate the number of the beast, for it is a human number [the number of a certain man]; his number is 666.
Matthew 24: (Amplified Bible)
5For many will come in (on the strength of) My name [appropriating the name which belongs to Me], saying, I am the Christ (the Messiah), and they will lead many astray.
24For false Christs and false prophets will arise, and they will show great signs and wonders so as to deceive and lead astray, if possible, even the elect (God’s chosen ones).
Mark 13: (Amplified Bible)
6Many will come in [appropriating to themselves] the name [of Messiah] which belongs to Me [basing their claims on the use of My name], saying, I am [He]! And they will mislead many.
22False Christs (Messiahs) and false prophets will arise and show signs and [work] miracles to deceive and lead astray, if possible, even the elect (those God has chosen out for Himself).
Luke 21: (Amplified Bible)
8And He said, Be on your guard and be careful that you are not led astray; for many will come in My name [appropriating to themselves the name Messiah which belongs to Me], saying, I am He! and, The time is at hand! Do not go out after them.
2 Thessalonians 2: (Amplified Bible)
3Let no one deceive or beguile you in any way, for that day will not come except the apostasy comes first [unless the predicted great falling away of those who have professed to be Christians has come], and the man of lawlessness (sin) is revealed, who is the son of doom (of perdition),
4Who opposes and exalts himself so proudly and insolently against and over all that is called God or that is worshiped, [even to his actually] taking his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming that he himself is God.
9The coming [of the lawless one, the antichrist] is through the activity and working of Satan and will be attended by great power and with all sorts of [pretended] miracles and signs and delusive marvels–[all of them] lying wonders–
11Therefore God sends upon them a misleading influence, a working of error and a strong delusion to make them believe what is false,
1 John 2: (Amplified Bible)
22Who is [such a] liar as he who denies that Jesus is the Christ (the Messiah)? He is the antichrist (the antagonist of Christ), who [habitually] denies and refuses to acknowledge the Father and the Son.
2 John 1: (Amplified Bible)
7For many imposters (seducers, deceivers, and false leaders) have gone out into the world, men who will not acknowledge (confess, admit) the coming of Jesus Christ (the Messiah) in bodily form. Such a one is the imposter (the seducer, the deceiver, the false leader, the antagonist of Christ) and the antichrist.
In summary, we now get a clearer picture of the Antichrist:
- he shall speak words against the Most High [God]
- fierce countenance and understanding dark trickery and craftiness
- his power shall be mighty
- he shall cause trickery to prosper
- he shall magnify himself
- he will corrupt and destroy many.
- shall also stand up against the Prince of princes,
- one of his heads seemed to have a deadly wound. But his death stroke was healed;
- the beast was given the power of speech,
- he was given freedom to exert his authority and to exercise his will
- permitted to wage war on God’s holy people (the saints) and to overcome them.
- power was given him to extend his authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation,
- he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke (roared) like a dragon.
- exerts all the power and right of control of the former beast in his presence,
- causes the earth and those who dwell upon it to exalt and deify the first beast,
- performs great signs (startling miracles)
- he deceives those who inhabit the earth,
- he is permitted [also] to impart the breath of life into the beast’s image,
- he compels all to be marked with an inscription [stamped] on their right hands or on their foreheads,
- the number of the beast, for it is a human number [the number of a certain man]; his number is 666.
- many will come saying, I am the Christ (the Messiah), and they will lead many astray.
- false Christs and false prophets will arise, and they will show great signs and wonders so as to deceive and lead astray, if possible, even the elect (God’s chosen ones).
- Many will come saying, I am [He]! And they will mislead many.
- False Christs (Messiahs) and false prophets will arise and show signs and [work] miracles to deceive and lead astray, if possible, even the elect (those God has chosen out for Himself).
- many will come in My name saying, I am He! and, The time is at hand! Do not go out after them.
- the son of doom (of perdition),
- Who opposes and exalts himself so proudly and insolently proclaiming that he himself is God.
- will be attended by great power and with all sorts of [pretended] miracles and signs and delusive marvels
- a misleading influence, a working of error and a strong delusion to make them believe what is false,
- Who is [such a] liar
- He is the antichrist (the antagonist of Christ),
- is the imposter (the seducer, the deceiver, the false leader, the antagonist of Christ) and the antichrist.
- he shall corrupt and destroy
Next Chapter: 2.3 – Christ or Antichrist?
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Let’s begin our first chapter by learning what the term “Antichrist” means in Christianity. The following is from various sources (in blue).
According to christianity.about.com;
Although the Bible does not specifically name who the antichrist will be, it does give us some clues as to what he will be like.
The name “antichrist” is only found in 1 John 2:18, 2:22, 4:3, and 2 John 7. The Apostle John was the only Bible writer to use the name antichrist. Studying these verses, we learn that many antichrists (false teachers) will appear between the time of Christ’s first and second coming, but there will be one great antichrist who will rise to power during the end times, or “last hour,” as 1 John phrases it. He will deny that Jesus is the Christ. He will deny both God the Father and God the Son. He will be a liar and a deceiver.
1 John 4:1-3 says, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.” (NKJV)
By the end times, many will easily be deceived and embrace the antichrist because his spirit will already dwell within the world.
Man of Sin
In 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, the antichrist is described as the “man of sin,” or “son of perdition.” Here Paul, like John, is also warning believers about the antichrist’s ability to deceive:
“Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” (NKJV)
The NIV makes it clearer that a time of rebellion will come prior to Christ’s return and then the “man of lawlessness, the man doomed to destruction” will be revealed. The antichrist eventually will exalt himself above God to be worshiped in the Lord’s Temple, proclaiming himself to be God. Verses 9 and 10 say that the antichrist will do counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, to gain a following and deceive many.
In Revelation 13:5-8, the antichrist is referred to as “the beast.”
According to bibledatabase.org;
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
against Christ, or an opposition Christ, a rival Christ. The word is used only by the apostle John. Referring to false teachers, he says (1 John 2:18, 22; 4:3; 2 John 1:7), “Even now are there many antichrists.” (1.) This name has been applied to the “little horn” of the “king of fierce countenance” (Dan. 7:24, 25; 8:23-25). (2.) It has been applied also to the “false Christs” spoken of by our Lord (Matt. 24:5, 23, 24). (3.) To the “man of sin” described by Paul (2 Thess. 2:3, 4, 8-10). (4.) And to the “beast from the sea” (Rev. 13:1; 17:1-18).
Other definitions of Antichrist on the Web:
- (Christianity) the adversary of Christ (or Christianity) mentioned in the New Testament; the Antichrist will rule the world until overthrown by the Second Coming of Christ
- The Antichrist according to Christianity, is one who fulfills Biblical prophecies concerning an adversary of Christ while resembling him in a deceptive manner. The Antichrist is directly comparable to the figures of the Dajjal and Armilus in Islamic and Jewish eschatology, respectively.
- One under the direct control of the Devil, who will lead the abomination in the end times
- One who works against the teachings of Christ
- A false Christ who is supposed to rise to power during the Tribulation.
- Against Christ, or an opposition Christ, a rival Christ. The word is used only by the apostle John. Referring to false teachers, he says (Jo1 2:18, Jo1 2:22; Jo1 4:3; Jo2 1:7), “Even now are there many antichrists.” (1. …
- A figure who opposes God. The word is used to describe a spirit of rebellion against God, “…the spirit of the Antichrist…” (1 John 4:3) and of a specific future person identified as the man of lawlessness (2 Thess. 2:3). He actively opposes Christ (2 Thess. …
So it seems there are several references and contexts that could be used for the term – Antichrist. In context with the main topic, he is mainly referred to as; someone in “opposition” to, or “against Christ“, hence the name “AntiChrist”; even to the extent as a being described as one of the “false Christs” (meaning; ‘more than one‘).
Interestingly, the last section (4.) mentions of a “beast from the sea“. It’s interesting because in the Islamic Hadiths it also mentions of some respected companions of the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) who had an encounter with a “beast” type of being (often referred to as “Dajjal“) on an island, after being washed about by big tides in the sea (see “What Does Islam Say About The Antichrist?“). This verse is in direct relation to the Antichrist.
What else does the Gospel say about this “false teaching liar and deceptive little horn” who is supposed to be in direct ‘opposition against Christ‘?
… that’s in the next chapter: 2.2 — Physical & Characteristic Nature of the Antichrist
After doing some research on Christian scriptures relating to the Antichrist (a.k.a. “Dajjal”), I was surprised by the amount of information available. More so, I was surprised at the striking similarities shared between the Christian and Islamic viewpoints. The more I read into different religions/faiths, the more I see the same fundamental teachings and prophecies shared between the two. They are more akin to each other than any other major religions in my view. In saying this, I am going to provide some extracts from the Gospels (relating to the Antichrist) as my main source. Any other additions or comments are welcome.
But first, let me begin with an explanation on the Christian scriptures (Gospels) in which I will use as my source. According to Wikipedia:
A gospel (from Old English, gōd spell “good news”) is a writing that describes the life of Jesus. The word is primarily used to refer to the four canonical gospels: the Gospel of Matthew, Gospel of Mark, Gospel of Luke and Gospel of John, probably written between AD 65 and 110. They appear to have been originally untitled; they were quoted anonymously in the first half of the second century (i.e. 100–150) but the names by which they are currently known appear suddenly around the year 180.
The term “Gospel” refers also to the message itself of the four Gospels or of the whole New Testament.
In addition to the four canonical gospels, early Christians wrote other gospels that were not accepted into the canon. Such non canonical gospels as:
- Gospel of the Hebrews
- Gospel of Thomas
- Gospel of Peter
- Gospel of Judas
- The sayings gospel Q
- Infancy gospels
- Marcion’s gospel of Luke
There are prophecies in the Gospels known as Bible Prophecy; and this is another area I will highlight as it relates to the End Times and the discussion of the Antichrist. Just like my previous chapters on What Islam Says About Dajjal; here too, I will divide each chapter within sub-chapters indexed accordingly for ease:
- 2.1 – Definition of “Antichrist” in Christianity
- 2.2 – Physical & Characteristic Nature of the Antichrist
- 2.3 – Christ or Antichrist?
- 2.4 – Further verses from the Bible