The Antichrist will come on the scenes as a world leader, and ultimately the false Messiah, energized by Satan, who will rule the world in opposition to God prior to Christ’s Second Coming. He is variously described in the Bible as “a vile person,” “the man of sin,” “the son of perdition [hell],” and “the wicked one. (Daniel 11:21; 2 Thessalonians 2:3, 8). According to Scripture, this one-world leader will rise to power by peace and by flattery and by clever deceit (Daniel 11:21, 24). His reign will last for approximately seven years—the first three and a half years will be relatively peaceful, with the remaining three and a half years being a “time of great tribulation, such as the world has never seen” (Daniel 9:27; Matthew 24:21).