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Here are some more verses from the Bible regarding the Antichrist.
Courtesy of www.biblegateway.com:
Revelation 19: (Amplified Bible)
20And the beast was seized and overpowered, and with him the false prophet who in his presence had worked wonders and performed miracles by which he led astray those who had accepted or permitted to be placed upon them the stamp (mark) of the beast and those who paid homage and gave divine honors to his statue. Both of them were hurled alive into the fiery lake that burns and blazes with brimstone.
Revelation 20: (Amplified Bible)
10Then the devil who had led them astray [deceiving and seducing them] was hurled into the fiery lake of burning brimstone, where the beast and false prophet were; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever (through the ages of the ages).
15And if anyone’s [name] was not found recorded in the Book of Life, he was hurled into the lake of fire.
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.
23If anyone says to you then, Behold, here is the Christ (the Messiah)! or, There He is!–do not believe it.
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).
26So if they say to you, Behold, He is in the wilderness (desert)–do not go out there; if they tell you, Behold, He is in the secret places or inner rooms–do not believe it.
Mark 13: (Amplified Bible)
21And then if anyone says to you, See, here is the Christ (the Messiah)! or, Look, there He is! do not believe it.
2 Thessalonians 2: (Amplified Bible)
5Do you not recollect that when I was still with you, I told you these things?
6And now you know what is restraining him [from being revealed at this time]; it is so that he may be manifested (revealed) in his own [appointed] time.
7For the mystery of lawlessness (that hidden principle of rebellion against constituted authority) is already at work in the world, [but it is] restrained only until he who restrains is taken out of the way.
8And then the lawless one (the antichrist) will be revealed and the Lord Jesus will slay him with the breath of His mouth and bring him to an end by His appearing at His coming.
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–
10And by unlimited seduction to evil and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing (going to perdition) because they did not welcome the Truth but refused to love it that they might be saved.
11Therefore God sends upon them a misleading influence, a working of error and a strong delusion to make them believe what is false,
12In order that all may be judged and condemned who did not believe in [who refused to adhere to, trust in, and rely on] the Truth, but [instead] took pleasure in unrighteousness.
1 John 2: (Amplified Bible)
18Boys (lads), it is the last time (hour, the end of this age). And as you have heard that the antichrist [he who will oppose Christ in the guise of Christ] is coming, even now many antichrists have arisen, which confirms our belief that it is the final (the end) time.
1 John 4: (Amplified Bible)
3And every spirit which does not acknowledge and confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh [but would annul, destroy, sever, disunite Him] is not of God [does not proceed from Him]. This [nonconfession] is the [spirit] of the antichrist, [of] which you heard that it was coming, and now it is already in the world.
17Woe to the worthless shepherd who abandons the flock! May a sword fall on his arm and his right eye! May his arm wither completely away, and his right eye become completely blind!”
That last verse was interesting in particular, but in summary, the Bible (like the Hadith) tells us that a very evil man (The Antichrist) WILL arrive. It warns, either directly and metaphorically, that there will be many imitators (also mentioned in the Hadith), and that he will rule the world once the temple (in Jeruesalem) is rebuilt and his throne is set (in troubled times).
If you could just try to imagine what that moment would be like, it would most probably set shivers down your spine, as it did with me. But with me (as a Muslim), I’m comforted to know that Jesus (Isaa a.s) will return to destroy him, along with his army of followers (thanks to the Mahdi – the Islamic leader who will accompany Jesus a.s.). I hope and pray that one day, Christians and the True Torah Jews will join us in the ‘battle of all battles’ to destroy the Antichrist’s army once and for all. Jesus personally will see to it that he is dead, as only he can kill him. Even Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) has said this. Amazingly, a lot of Christians are not aware that Muslims believe in the same thing when it comes to Jesus (pbuh). Well, now you should be!
I say “True Torah Jews” for a reason, as most Christians are not aware, or do not know that Zionism (a political movement) is the precursor for control and the reason to wage war on all people of this world, and on all fronts. It has been doing so for centuries. To give you an indication of what a Zionist envisions, just read this disturbing letter written to the author of a particular Christian site:
To quote an article from preceptaustin.org:
email received February 4, 2004 from “The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement” (an Orthodox Jewish group based in Jerusalem)
“The Hand of G_d appears again and again in Jerusalem and the Temple Mount…to purify the Temple Mount and immediately rebuild the house of G_d as the climax of the exciting redemptional times in which we are now living in Israel which will open the Eastern Gate for the coming of Mashiach ben David“, this latter name of course referring to the expected Messiah Son of David. Interestingly, both Jews and Christians share the belief that a period of turmoil and distress will precede the coming of Messiah. The Jewish document called “Talmudic Sages” draws a dark picture of this time. Accordingly, one of these Jewish sages wrote, “Let Him [Messiah] come, but let me not see Him” (Sanh. 98b). [source]
This email is disturbing on many levels. First, why would a Christian try to prepare and rebuild this temple (supposedly the Dome Of The Rock in Jereusalem) if they know Jesus is going to save us all from the very thing he will fight against? Secondly, why would these sages not want to see their Mochiach (their so-called Messiah) enter into Jereusalem? Why look away? Very weird!
Daniel chapters 7-9: and in particular chapter 9: verses 24-27 is an extremely important section for all Christians. To me, it is probably THE MOST important section in the Bible. It does not follow from all other scripts in the Bible and makes no sense when trying to understand the need to “anoint a holy of holies” who will eventually be “cut off or killed”.
I find the scriptures according to David amazingly deceptive, but not by Daniel’s own doing as he had great difficulty understanding his own dreams. And that it is the main reason why so many Christians have been confused about Bible prophecies, and specifically their ties with the State Of Israel. No wonder Daniel himself was so distressed also!
Another resource I liked was: http://www.alphanewsdaily.com/antichrist.html
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