A Survey on the Rise of the Antichrist

A friend of mine sent me a Christian news article from a survey that was done regarding various, endtime events and dealing with Jesus’ Second Coming & the Rapture. The survey was compiled by Bob Smietana - Facts and Trends—4/26/2016—CHRISTIANITY TODAY

From this endtime survey I wrote an article called “Post or Pre-Tribulation Rapture”, that you can read in http://www.countdown.org/ in the “Features Section”

Also, in this Endtime survey another topic that was surveyed was the topic of the Antichrist. In this survey most expect the Antichrist, but disagree on the time. Here is the results of this survey.

About half of pastors (49%) say the Antichrist is a figure who will arise in the future.

Others say there is no individual Antichrist (12%), that he is a personification of evil (14%), or an institution (7%).

Six percent say the Antichrist has already been here.

Baptists (75%) and Pentecostals (83%) are most likely to see a future Antichrist.

Lutherans (29%), Methodists (28%), and Presbyterian/Reformed pastors (31%) are more likely to see the Antichrist as a personification of evil.

Education also played a role in how pastors see the Antichrist. Two-thirds of those with no college degree (68%) or a bachelor’s (63%) believe in a future Antichrist figure. Fewer than half of those with a master’s (39%) or a doctorate (49%) holds that view.

Let’s take a look at what Bible Prophecy says about the coming world leader. The Antichrist!

Although the Antichrist is probably living now, we don’t yet know who he is. The Bible does tell us quite a bit about him, however, so we won’t be deceived when he comes to the forefront on the international scene.

In Daniel 11:21, 24 it describes how the Anitchrist will rise to power.

DANIEL11:21) And in his estate shall stand up a vile person (Antichrist), to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.

DANIEL.11:24) He (Antichrist) shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers’ fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches: yea, and he shall forecast his devices against the strong holds, even for a time.

At first the Antichrist will appear to be the political superman the world has been waiting for, because he will bring about a large measure of peace and economic stability. Most people will see him as a peacemaker and a wise and winsome popular leader.

The Bible also tells us that the Antichrist is not working alone. Just as God works through heavenly forces and His children on earth to accomplish His purposes, the Devil works through his fallen angels and demons and people on earth who are under his control. So even though the Antichrist hasn’t yet taken personal control, there are many indications that the spiritual forces behind him are steadily gaining power and are busy influencing people’s thinking and actions in order to further his agenda.

The Bible describes the Antichrist as a very powerful speaker both in the Book of Revelation in the New Testament & the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament.

DANIEL 7:25) And he (Antichrist) shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time (1 year)and times(2 years) and the dividing of time (half year) 3-1/2 years

REVELATION 13:5) And there was given unto him (Antichrist) a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

REVELATION 13:6) And he (Antichrist) opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

The 42 months is describing the last 3-1/2 years of the Antichrist 7 year reign. This period is also described by Jesus as the Great Tribulation. (Matthew 24:21)

The Antichrist will have a fierce countenance!

Daniel 8:23) “In the latter time [the Endtime, just prior to Jesus’ return] … when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up”.

Also in Daniel 7:20 it describes the antichrist as… “whose look was more stout (brave, fierce, proud) than his fellows”

The Antichrist will be extremely proud!

Daniel 11:36) “The king [the Antichrist] shall do according to his own will: he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god, shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods, and shall prosper”….

He is going to be so proud, in fact, that he will eventually claim to be God Himself.

2 Thessalonians 2:4) 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(Rebuilt Jewish Temple), shewing himself that he is God.

The Antichrist will be a military genius!

The prophet Daniel in Daniel chapter 11:21-45 describes several major wars that the Antichrist fights against those who oppose him during his reign.

Revelation 13:4) And they worshipped the dragon (Devil) which gave power unto the beast(Antichrist) : and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

DANIEL 8:24) And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.

DANIEL 8:25) And through his (antichrist) policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand (witchcraft); and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes(Jesus); but he shall be broken without hand.

The Antichrist will be a man of such force and perverse ways that throughout the book of Revelation he is referred to as “the Beast.” And by whose power will he prosper? Not by his own! He will be the Devil’s own man, the false messiah, and through deviltry and witchcraft and all that is evil, he will take control of the world.

Revelation 13:2) “…The Dragon [Devil] gave him (antichrist) his power, his throne, and great authority” .

2 Thessalonians 2:9) Even him (Antichrist), whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders”.

For a short time, through the Antichrist, the Devil is finally going to get what he’s been after all the time–kingship of the entire world–and he’s going to rule the world with tremendous power.

Isaiah14:12) How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer (Satan), son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

Isaiah 14:13) For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

Isaiah 14:14) I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Isaiah 14:15) Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

Isaiah 14:16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;

Revelation 13:7-8 “Power was given him (Antichrist) over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb

The Antichrist will not desire women!

Daniel 11:37) “He shall regard neither the God of his fathers nor the desire of women, nor regard any god; for he shall exalt himself above them all”.

This verse could mean that the Antichrist will be either celibate or a homosexual

The Antichrist must come first & rule the world before Jesus’s Second Coming at the Resurrection & Rapture. (Matthew 24:29-31)

2 Thessalonians 2:3) Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come (Jesus Second Coming), except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.

Also in this survey it stated that, “Others say there is no individual Antichrist (12%), that he is a personification of evil (14%), or an institution (7%).

Along with that some Bible Prophecy students suggest that the Beast in Revelation 13: 1-8 is not the Antichrist, but it’s just describing the Beast system only. Although that’s partially true as it’s a part of describing the Beast like a political & economic system.

But there is a very power individual the Antichrist that will lead this bestial system, along with the False Prophet. (Revelation 13:1-15)

In Revelation Chapter 13:5-7 it describes the Beast (Antichrist) as a man speaking great things.

REVELATION 13:5) And there was given unto him (Antichrist) a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

REVELATION 13:6) And he (antichrist) opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

REVELATION 13:7 And it was given unto him (Antichrist) to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

Also in the Book of Daniel the Antichrist is also described as a man speaking great things. Here the antichrist is symbolic as a “Little Horn”.

DANIEL 7:8) I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn (Antichrist), before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.

Daniel 7:25) And he (Antichrist) shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

Also, notice in Daniel 7:11 it says

I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake (Antichrist): I beheld even till the beast (antichrist) was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame.

Here we see the antichrist being killed at the Battle of Armageddon & if we jump over to Revelation 19:17-21 we see a description of the Battle of Armageddon.

REVELATION 19:17) And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;

REVELATION 19:18) That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.

REVELATION 19:19) And I saw the beast (Antichrist), and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.

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.

REVELATION 19:21) And the remnant were slain with the sword of him (Jesus) that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

Notice in verse 20 it’s talking about two personal individuals the beast (Antichrist) & False Prophet were cast into the lake of fire during the Battle of Armageddon.

Revelation Chapter 20:1-3 describes how the Devil is locked up in the bottomless pit for 1000 years & this period is also known as the 1000 year reign with Christ on earth or the Millennium.

REVELATION 20:4) And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast (antichrist), neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Then after the 1000 years expires the Devil is let out of the Bottomless Pit to once again to try & deceive the world & we have the Battle of Gog & Magog.(Revelation 20:7-9) Where the Millennium rebels are destroyed by fire from God!

Don’t confuse this with the Ezekiel 38 & 39 Chapters.

In Revelation 20:10 it says And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast (antichrist) and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

So the devil is tossed into the lake of fire where the beast (Antichrist) & the false prophet that have already been tormented for 1000 years. So the main point here is that the beast in Revelation Chapter 13 is not just a dictatorial political & economic system, but a very power world leader, who will eventually claim he’s God & will lead this bestial system with the false prophet, during the last half of the antichrist seven year reign.

ARE YOU READY FOR THESE AWESOME, APOCALYPTIC, EARTH-SHAKING ENDTIME EVENTS THAT WILL SOON BEGIN TO UNFOLD?--Probably not! But you can get ready now by first of all making sure that you’ve asked Jesus into your heart & received Him as your Saviour.